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November 12, 2001


            A memorial commemorating the tragedy of September 11, 2001, was dedicated this evening (Nov. 12).  The hour-long ceremony began at 5:30 p.m. on the Civic Center Grounds in front of Honolulu Hale.  An “eternal flame” burns at the monument’s top.

            “The events of that day touched us all.  The attacks took the lives of people from our community, as well as other cities and towns across America,” said Mayor Jeremy Harris.  “The people of Hawaii still share the pain of all who cherish freedom around the world.  Like others across our nation, they have donated their time, money and blood in support of relief efforts.   This monument pays tribute to those who died, those friends and family who will always bear that loss, and those who shouldered the rescue and recovery efforts.”

            A prelude by the Royal Hawaiian Band began the ceremony, and the Reverend Dan Chun of First Presbyterian Church welcomed people.  The welcome was followed by presentation of the colors by the Honolulu Fire Department and playing of the National and State anthems.  Speakers included the Deputy Commander in Chief of the United States Pacific Command, Air Force Lieutenant General Thomas R. Case, and Mr. William Paty, one of Hawaii’s most distinguished veterans.

            The ceremony also included laying of a wreath by Mayor Harris and senior Police, Fire and Emergency Medical representatives.  The “eternal flame” was lit by Laura Brough (rhymes with rough), her husband and two sons.  Ms. Brough is the daughter of Georgine Corrigan, who was killed in the crash in Pennsylvania.  The ceremony concluded with taps by a Navy bugler, benediction by Pastor Chun and the singing of Hawaii Aloha and America the Beautiful.

            The three-sided obelisk is about 6 feet tall and 28 inches wide.  Two three-inch-wide vertical gray strips are set into the front of the black tower.  They represent the twin towers of the World Trade Center that were destroyed on that date.  Stainless steel triangles at the top form the backdrop for the gas-fed “eternal flame.” City Managing Director, Benjamin B, designed the monument. A licensed architect, Lee has been honored as a Fellow by the American Institute of Architects.  He selected the obelisk’s triangular cross section to represent a folded flag.

            City craftsmen constructed the project in City shops.  It is made of a black granite-like synthetic material and is set in a grassy area in front of a bed of copper-colored chrysanthemums.     

            As you face the monument, a separate black horizontal plaque sits to its right front, with a laser-etched inscription commemorating both the victims and rescuers.  The inscription reads, 

            “Let this eternal flame unite our country in memory of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and honor the brave men and women who put themselves in harm’s way to save others. The love and spirit of our grateful nation and the hearts and prayers of our people will always be with them.” 

             Nearby, another large flowerbed showcases blocks of red, white and purple petunias.  Lee complimented those in the Department of Facilities Maintenance who built the memorial and the staff of the Department of Parks and Recreation who created the landscaped area where it stands.


Wednesday, February 27, 2002

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